The Welcome Petition hits the stage!

August 18, 2016

Journey of a Thousand Smiles
... begins with a single step


Directed by Jason Cavanagh

Co-produced by 5pound Theatre


Jess had a vision to deliver a message to Parliament – a message of welcoming and community. And how effective would that message be, if it were to be walked all the way from Melbourne to Canberra in the height of summer?
After many sleepless nights wondering if there was a girl just like her on Nauru, only trapped and afraid, all Jess could think was that we all must have a welcoming spirit within us. So, she sets out to find it – and had it recorded in the signatures of 17,000 Australians from all over the country.
Join Jess on her journey through remote towns and breathtaking landscapes. Walk with Jess as the locals from Euroa walked with her. Sit at the table of resettled refugees and hear their story as they welcome her to their home. Join her futile search for the end of the electric fence…and the hilarious attack that follows.
With true stories, amusing tales and a feeling of welcome to warm your heart, Jess’ journey to Canberra is one to inspire all Australians, refugees and families who value community and kinship. Welcome to the show.


Tickets available via Melbourne Fringe Website


Dates: 19th - 24th September 2016 - 6 shows at 6pm each night

Where: Belleville - Globe Alley, Melbourne CBD



The story of this journey and the stories I collected along the way are very

important. I have been giving talks and presentations to spread the word and

inspire others to take action. This is what I love doing and where I feel most

useful when in helping others for social justice.

Therefore the next chapter of this journey takes place in the theatre.

I’m very excited to tell the story of The Welcome Petition in a show as part of The

Melbourne Fringe Festival. If the show goes well, my hopes are to tour it so that I can spread the positive word to as many people as possible. You are more than welcome to be involved!




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